Juice It or Blend It?

stuff to juiceNo matter where you look, juices and smoothies are trending! Whether you purchase your liquid dose of fruits and veggies or prefer to get creative at home, here are some important facts.

Blending and juicing are excellent ways of packing in the nutrients for busy people on the go. However, scientists are still on the fence about which method may be better for your health. No matter what, it’s still important to remember that eating (or drinking) fruits and vegetables daily is great to boost nutrition.

Juicing

orange juice

In this method, a juicer separates the liquid portion of the fruit or vegetable from the pulp, or fiber, in order to have a concentrated, nutrient-rich juice.

Pros:

Taste and Texture

Fresh produce like carrots, celery, and cucumbers are all nutritious options that are high in water and great for the base of a juice. Often, these types of fruits and vegetables have a better texture when juiced. Pineapples, apples, and oranges also make a delicious juice base!

pink juice

Ease On The Digestive System

For those that need to take it easy on the fiber, juicing is a great option. Juice also may be digested quicker than smoothies, allowing certain vitamins and minerals to be absorbed faster.

Cons:

Cost and Waste

In order to make juice at home, most of the produce pushed through the juicer will be trashed as pulp. Many beneficial nutrients are left behind in the pulp and thrown out, which is wasteful both for your wallet and the environment. Picking up your own juicer can also be pricey. While there are cost-effective ways to juice, blending wins the budget-friendly debate.

celery

Mess

Have you ever cleaned a juicer? If you have, you know it can get old after the third or fourth time. Often, juicers have multiple parts that require hand washing, which can lead to an unused gadget.

Fad Dieting

Perhaps you have been tempted to try the infamous juice cleanse to “cleanse your body of toxins.” While juicing may help improve your health by keeping you hydrated and fueled with vital nutrients, excluding solid food or entire food groups is never a healthy option. Don’t underestimate the power of the liver to detoxify your body with or without juice!

Blending

smoothie

Blending creates a smoothie using whole fruits and vegetables. This drink will be much thicker than juice since none of the fiber is lost in the blending process.

Pros:

Hunger Satisfier

If you’re looking for something to keep you full, look no further. Smoothies are a wonderful way to stay cool and refreshed while getting the fiber and nutrients you need to keep you going. Last but not least, blending gives you the options to add nutritious fats like peanut butter or avocados, which boost the absorption of many vitamins.

Fiber

The fiber contained in smoothies increases the overall nutrient content of the drink. Fiber is essential to improve health, fight disease, and boost digestion!

orange smoothie

Less Mess and Waste

If you’re in college, your time and money are precious. Using a single serving blender cup like the NutriBullet is ideal for smoothies on the go! Less mess in the kitchen means more time for working on school and hanging with your squad.

Cons:

Sugar Content

Both blending and juicing methods run the risk of using ingredients with high amounts of natural sugar. For a nutritious spin (pun intended) on your juice or smoothie, be sure to add vegetables, like leafy greens, to reduce the sugar content.

green smoothie

Jackie Parker is currently a senior nutritional sciences student on the dietetics track at Texas A&M University.

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